A recent study by the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen suggests that abstaining from Facebook may improve quality of life. Researchers conducted an experiment in which they asked a group of daily Facebook users to quit the site for one week and then measured the effects. The result was that taking a break from social media made people feel 55% less stressed.
The research was performed with a group of 1,095 Facebook users. Half the group was asked to refrain from visiting the site for seven days, while the other half acted as the control. Participants, who were between the ages of 16 and 76, filled out a survey answering questions about the quality of their social lives, their ability to concentrate, and how often they compared themselves to others.
While some participants found it a challenge to give up use of the site at first—citing anxiety about losing touch with the world and their friends—by the end of the week, a majority found that they experienced higher levels of productivity and concentration, as well as more satisfying experiences in their social lives. Some people found they even connected more with family and friends without the use of Facebook. The researchers hope to extend the experiment into a more long term project, perhaps asking people to leave social media for an entire year.